In 1926, lifelong New London resident Harriet Upson Allyn bequeathed funds to create a museum for the community in memory of her father, Captain Lyman Allyn (1797 – 1874), who had found great success in whaling, banking, insurance and railroad industries. Situated between Connecticut College and the United States Coast Guard Academy, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum opened in 1932 in a beautiful neoclassical granite building designed by the renowned architect Charles A. Platt. The permanent collection includes over 17,000 objects from ancient times to the present: artworks from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe, with particularly strong collections of American paintings, decorative arts, and Victorian toys and doll houses. With 12 acres of gardens and lawns, the Museum grounds are used in conjunction with sculpture exhibits and for summer festivals and concerts. To this day, the Museum is always free to New London residents. More Museum history is available on our website, www.lymanallyn.org.A visit to Lyman Allyn Art Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our New London vacation planner to plot your vacation.
The museum is located at 625 Williams Street, New London, Connecticut, exit 83 off I-95. The museum is open year round Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sundays 1:00 - 5:00 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $12 adults, $9 seniors, $7 active military personnel, $5 students, FREE children under 12. For more information call 860.443.2545, ext. 2129.
Engaging and informative content about Museum exhibits, programs, and collection highlights, plus overall fun facts are posted daily to the Lyman Allyn’s Facebook (Lyman Allyn Art Museum), Twitter (@LymanAllyn), and Instagram (@Lyman_Allyn) platforms.
Lyman Allyn Art Museum reviews
Went on the last day of free admission in September. Free first Saturdays of the month are available. The Sweet Dreams exhibit was delightful. So realistic and if they were edible, I would have... more »
I went with my wife and young kids here to check it out. It was a rainy weekend day and we were looking for something to do. The museum currently is free (!!!) until Labor Day, so what did we have..... more »
Heard a great lecture about Louis Comfort Tiffany and Tiffany Glass. Needless to say, this museum has exquisite pieces of art and I truly enjoyed my first time! The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. I will be returning soon !
A wonderful hometown gem of a museum. Small enough to see everything on display in an afternoon, but between their rotating permanent collection and temporary exhibits it will never bore art lovers. Frequently hosts free events so you can get a taste of the benefits of paying for museum membership if you’re able. Welcoming to families, groups, and individuals.
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